When I first visited Sports City Grill on Monday, I noticed two things: It is a serious sports bar and it is cozy.

Walking through the front doors, my eyes immediately went to the ceiling. Flags and banners from NFL and college football teams covered almost every inch of it, with the Dallas Cowboys everywhere. As every Cowboys hater like me can attest, this was gross.

Beer signs and advertisements filled most of the wall space along with flat-screen TV’s, breaking up the litany of half-naked women and Peyton Manning DirecTV posters. Reminiscent of my old dorm room, the interior design made me feel pretty comfortable.

I took a seat at the bar directly across from the largest TV. For some reason, what looked like a 60-inch showed the 1976 Super Bowl. Apparently, Cowboys fans like re-watching their losses as well as their victories. Who knew?

I glanced at the beer taps and my heart filled with joy. While small and unassuming, Sports City Grill manages to pull off something I haven’t yet noticed in any other area bar — delicious craft beer on tap. The typical Buds and Miller Lights were joined by Leinenkugel’s Summer Shandy and Sam Adams Summer Ale. Both are delicious on hot Texas summer days, so I ordered a Summer Shandy and looked through the menu. The bullpen nachos caught my eye.

When my order arrived, I knew something was wrong. While the nachos placed before me included the exact ingredients I ordered, the serving size was huge. The single order of nachos could feed an entire village in Africa. I began to dig in, and while tasty, I could only manage to eat half of the order.

Stuffed and fighting off a food coma, I diverted my attention from the Mexican fare and began to notice the friendliness of the staff; everyone in the bar seemed to be on a first-name basis with one another.

“Sports City Grill has an incredibly friendly staff,” said Johanna Davis, a fellow customer. “The camaraderie among the regulars and bartenders really makes Sports City feel like a neighborhood bar. It’s like a home away from home.”

With a friendly staff, cold, delicious beer on tap, and savory menu items served in large portions, what more could you really ask for from a bar? Sports City Grill may be small, but it definitely packs a punch.

Sports City Grill is at 300 W. Central Texas Expressway, Harker Heights.

Herald/Erik Papke​

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